Obscure recordings, eating the leftovers of others, and sex ed puppetry for kids… on the Saturday Six Pack with Mark Maynard

On our very first show, a young boy called in from Ann Arbor to proclaim, somewhat inexplicably, “I have no regrets.” Well, unlike him, I do have regrets. This week, mistakes were made. I won’t list them here, as doing so would be both painful and tedious, but I did want to acknowledge that lessons were learned during the most recent episode of The Saturday Six Pack with Mark Maynard, and assure you that changes will be made as a result. Most notably, I’ve come to accept that there’s an inverse relationship between the amount of beer that I consume during the course of the show and the ultimate quality of said show. Surprisingly, it took four episodes for this to become evident, which I guess is a good thing… Yes, from now on, I pledge to do a better job of sharing my beer. That won’t solve everything, but I think it’ll put us on more stable footing going forward. Also, we’ll make sure to play records at the correct speed in the future, and I’ll try to keep my prerecorded bits shorter. Oh, and I’ll make sure to have more women in the mix, beginning with next week’s Valentine’s Day show. There are other things too, but that’s a much as I want to get into right now… Here, if you’d like to listen to the most recent episode of the show, as it was broadcast over AM 1700 last night, is the whole thing on Soundcloud. If you’d like, you can also download the podcast from the Apple iTunes store.

Based on how I started the post, I suspect you probably think the whole thing was just a chaotic mess, and that’s not the case at all. There was a lot to like about this week’s show, starting with the interview I did with local artist Jason Wright… Here’s Jason, telling us about his role in putting out the incredibly rare, very much sought-after first EP by Shortwave Mystery in 1985. [All photos courtesy Kate de Fuccio]

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The interview with Jason starts right at the beginning of the show, just after our new intro song, and runs until the 54-minute mark. (The new intro song, by the way, was written by Linette’s cousin, Andy Wong. And I think it’s beautiful.) While Jason and I do talk a bit about public art and the beauty of community radio, for the most part, we discuss his memories of young adulthood as they related to Shortwave Mystery, an early American response to the electronic music of the European avant-garde. We heard about Jason’s old friend Greg Scoggin, who had composed the whole thing while sharing a bedroom with him in Isla Vista, California just after high school. We discussed how the record came about, and how it was that Jason came to be dressed as a cowboy in the photo on the album cover, and in the “band” that would occasionally stand on stage, pretending to perform, as the recorded tracks played.

If you’re at all interested in the origins of electronic music in the United States, or just find yourself a little curious as to what kids were doing with synthesizers and early sampling technology in small town America in the early ’80s, I’d encourage you to check it out… Here’s the record, which is known to sell for as much as $1,000 at auction. (We listened to one side of the EP at the 29-minute mark. And, at the 47-minute mark, we listen to a more recent song released by Greg, who, unfortunately, passed away just recently in California as a result of a motorcycle crash.)

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[This is the most valuable record, I’m sure, to ever play on the AM 1700 turntable.]

And, we followed that with a taped discussion with Peter Larson about the image that he’d sent in from Kenya of my face on a poster in Nairobi. It’s a long, rambling call, but I’m glad that we kept going, as it ended somewhere really interesting… with the idea that Pete could release one last album on Bulb Records – a compilation of Bulb covers performed by Kenyan musicians. (The thought of Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink, Couch, Andrew W.K. and Quintron covered by folks like The Refuse Stealing Kukana Kuba Band, makes me absolutely giddy with excitement.)

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At 1:16, David Anthony, a comedian from Arkansas, drops by the studio with his twin brother. To my knowledge, this is the fist instance the word “twincest” was used in Ypsilanti.

At 1:25, the Hungry Collectors (Cre Fuller and Chris Sandon) came in to bid on people’s leftovers. Three people came in with leftovers to be bid on. Here’s Cre haggling over a piece of Dos Hermanos taco brought in by Marty Flint.

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At 1:54, we played Pete Larson’s most recent song from Kenya. (He’s sent us a new song every week since our second episode.) Here’s the song, in case you missed it.

At 1:57, Patrick Elkins comes in the perform his new shadow puppet show, “Escape from the Return of the Curse from the Night of Disappearing Pants,” in the window of the studio facing Pearl Street. Patrick said his intent, through this piece, was to demonstrate to the young people of Ypsilanti that, “love making is both science and art.” And I think, judging from the faces of the people outside the studio, that he succeeded. (If I’m not mistaken, this was the first instance in human history of shadow puppetry broadcast over AM.)

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At 2:10, we discussed the future of the show as things descended into madness.

Oh, and this week’s six pack was New Belgium Rampant.

Stay tuned for details on next weekend’s special Valentine’s Day show.

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29 Comments

  1. Posted February 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Surely, an interesting time for everyone.

  2. anonymous
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    As instructed, I took my children to the corner of Washington and Pearl on Saturday night to learn about sex from Patrick Elkins. Now I’m not sure what to do.

  3. 734
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    It was a touching tribute to Greg. I hope I have friends who will share stories of my work after I am gone.

  4. Concerned Reader
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I don’t like the constant radio show promotion and wish you’d get back to a regular blog again.

  5. XXX
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Please stop the blog and focus on your band.

  6. Greg
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I agree with Concerned Reader. While I appreciate the thousands and thousands of posts you’ve shared over the past dozen years, I have a real problem with the fact that you have shared these four radio programs with us. These posts about the radio program are a slap in the face. How dare you talk with reporters, historians and artists instead of just writing about them? You are a vile creature. You have shown yourself to be worthless. Your legacy has been tainted.

  7. Posted February 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    lol…. yeah, it was a bro show this week….. ha ha…. looking forward to less talk about “anuses” and “penises” …. are those the correct plurals of those words? lmfao

  8. Posted February 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    thanks a ton for acknowledging it though….

  9. Kim
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if he’s still around, but if you’re interested in talking with more people about obscure and beautiful recordings you could talk with Lee Osler, the man who wrote Back to Ypsilanti.

  10. Concerned Reader
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Greg, I see we see things differently. From my side of the bubble, I see a bunch of sycophants cavorting with one another in a mutual admiration society that is neither social nor mutual. The blog was more accessible to the general reader, but whatever floats your boat(s). I hear there is a big future in shortwave radio.

  11. Posted February 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I encourage Mark to do what he enjoys.

  12. Posted February 9, 2015 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I write about my life on this site, and, lately, I’ve been hosting a radio program, so I write about it. I also write about my band’s records when they come out, events that I host, and zines that I put out. Maybe, if you were paying a subscription of some sort, Concerned Reader, I’d feel as though I owed you something. As it is, though, I’m not really inclined to feel bad for you that you’ve been forced to see articles about the radio program. I guess I’m sorry that you won’t be coming back, but I don’t want for this to be a job. I don’t want to just write about what you want me to write about. If I did that, I’d hate myself, and it would come through in the blog. I’d like to think that part of the reason this blog is as successful as it is is because I write about what I care about. And I don’t intend to stop that. I’m going to keep writing about what I find interesting.

  13. Posted February 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    The postmortems for these shows have felt, to me, more like an honest appraisal than shameless promotion. On another note, I see product placement revenue left on the table. Breweries should be fighting for the chance to have their brews consumed on-mic, complete with lip smacking and satisfied belches.

  14. Posted February 10, 2015 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    That was the most sincere thing that Mr. Maynard has ever written.

    I agree that local breweries should be sponsoring the program. Perhaps you could contact some to see if they might bite?

  15. Posted February 10, 2015 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Mr. Maynard said “interesting.”

  16. Posted February 10, 2015 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I highly suggest drinking organic beer to ward off unwanted drinking consequences.

  17. Concerned Reader
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Wellsaid Mr. Maynard…I respect your sentiments and find your individual work always interesting. It’s your self-appointed acolytes…primarily Toadies in Chief Mr. Larson, who piggyback on everything that appear to the general reader as an un-interesting & insufferably cloying group of yes men with sycophantic tendencies. That comes across loud and clear on the radio bits and hence, that forum is not one that this Reader especially enjoys…it’s like an entourage with a mic.

  18. Frosted Flakes
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Concerned Reader, Just because something strikes you as distasteful and cringeworthy it doesn’t mean that those very things can not also be very interesting. MM.com is interesting not only for interesting and thoughtful articles and comments, it is also interesting as a microcosm and a sign of the times. It is not all completely admirable but things occur on here in a way that are somewhat uncloaked (for various reasons) and therefore you get interesting glimpses into people and their social net-works…I find it fascinating for a lot of different reasons….Bottom line: It is Mark’s blog. He should do whatever he wants with his blog.

  19. Eel
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Book more people who hate you on the show.

    No more friends.

  20. Posted February 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Maynard is a good friend of mine. I’m sorry you find that so distasteful, Mr. Reader.

  21. Tom
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    What is wrong with Mark that he only wants to pursue projects with people that he likes? Is he that insecure? When I hear him on the radio having fun with his friends it makes me incredibly angry. I think the radio show would be exponentially better if Mark had as his collaborators a violent criminal, an incredibly stupid racist, and a junkie. I want less laughter and more fear.

  22. Posted February 10, 2015 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    The show seems like a continuation of the blog. You were already interviewing people in your community; this is the same thing, with less typing. I’m glad you could find a radio station that still has a turntable. I don’t understand why everyone has beards.

  23. Posted February 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    We have beards because we’re insecure about our masculinity. I thought that much was obvious.

  24. Posted February 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    And, Concerned Reader, I desperately want for you to call in on Saturday and dress down my toadies and sycophants. Can you please do that for me?

  25. Jcp2
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I thought the beards were weather related.

  26. Eel
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Much as whales have baleen, men have beards. Both are for filtering and collecting food.

  27. Posted February 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Huh. Maybe you should interview Jennifer Miller.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoschCAdpjs

  28. Posted February 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I don’t exclusively talk with people who have beards… although I do kind of like the idea of a regular feature on beard maintenance and care.

  29. Posted February 11, 2015 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    I’m trying to figure out how I am a “toadie” or a “sycophant” in relation to Mr. Maynard.

    Perhaps Mr. Reader does not read this blog very often, or at least skips over the comments.

    I think the radio show is great and I am happy that only people with beards are allowed to participate.

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    […] 2. After about five minutes of reading aloud, local artist Jason Wright called in. He said that, if I waned him to, he could saw down a tree in his backyard and bring it in. I told him that I’d love to have him come by, and, about 15 minutes later, he was in the studio with a white spruce and the fixin’s for a drink he called Milk Punch, which he told me that he’d learned to make from a fellow bartender at Max Fish. The drink, as I recall, contained milk, Bailey’s and bourbon. Jason said he’d been told that it was something people drank in the south around the holidays. It was delicious. And Jason made them all night, as people kept coming into the studio. [If you’d like to buy a piece of Jason’s work, which is great, you can follow that last link. And, if you’d like to hear more of me and him talking you can click here.] […]

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